Classic Car Overview
For all those Ford guys who wanted something like the Impala SS, this very clean 2004 Mercury Marauder is the answer. A big, rear-wheel-drive sedan with Fords most potent 4-cam V8, tight handling, and big brakes, the Marauder was a cool experiment that will surely find big appreciation in the future. Not all Marauders were black, but with a name like Marauder its an easy mistake to make. Silver was a late addition to the options list and it works well on the upscale Mercury, especially if you want to keep a low profile. Based on the infamous Grand Marquis, Ford designers kept the big sedans gently rounded profile, which was surely popular because of its resemblance to police cruisers, not despite it. A few special tweaks like the front and rear bumpers, a blacked-out grille, special headlights, and a bare minimum of chrome trim give the Marauder a unique look thats instantly identifiable as something beyond your average heavy-duty FoMoCo cruiser. Dutifully kept as a garage queen and showing 90,083 original miles, this particular Marauder looks extremely clean and its hard to believe its been almost 15 years since it was built. The silver paint is glossy and slick and shows virtually zero signs of use aside from the usual tiny chips that come from being driven. The headlights are not cracked, the bumpers fit well, and the few bits of chrome on the car look like theyve been fastidiously polished from day one. If you want one of these cars (and theyre not too easy to find) there cant be many nicer than this. Full-sized luxury was standard equipment, but the Marauder did get charcoal leather bucket seats and a console to keep with its sporting character. The upholstery remains in excellent condition and theres really nothing like the stretch-out room you get in one of these cars. The carpets, door panels, headliner, and dash are all in very good condition, as youd expect, and only the drivers seat really shows any signs of use at all. Marauders came only one way: loaded, so you get everything from power windows, locks, and seats, to a powerful climate control system, to cruise control, and even a set of power-adjustable pedals, which are extremely trick. White-faced gauges attempt to give the big Merc a sporting edge and small auxiliary gauges down on the bottom of the center console have an aftermarket performance look that was surely intentional. The sound system fills the cavernous interior with music and if youre looking for the ultimate road-trip warrior, look no further than this car with its massive back seat area, powerful A/C, and huge trunk. Like the rest of the interior, that looks completely untouched from new, including the special mats with hold-downs and a spare tire with its own cover. The Marauder used the Mustang Cobras 32-valve DOHC 4.6 liter V8 engine linked to a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. The 302 horsepower combination was potent, particularly at highway speeds where its virtually impossible to pass this car on the roll, I dont care what youre driving. Special calibrations help with low-end torque for the heavier Merc, but it still purrs with that precise mechanical sound thats so delightful in the Cobra and the exhaust note sounds like ripping silk. Everything is completely stock, right down to the hose clamps, so no worries about racing or abuse, and it runs like a new car. Underneath, the suspension was firmed up for Marauder duty, a disc brake was installed at each corner, and theres a true dual exhaust system with polished tips just for extra cool points. With polished 18-inch wheels and 255/55/18 rear performance radials, it rides and handles like a two-ton sports car. With a clean CarFax and expert maintenance, this is the nicest Marauder weve seen in years. If you missed your chance when they were new, now is the time to buy because theyre only going up from here. Call now!
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